Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:
Darrelle Revis, CB, Patriots (NFL) — With Adrian Peterson out of the lineup on Sunday, everybody knew the Vikings needed to establish a credible passing game to have a chance at beating the Pats. Revis wasn’t letting that happen. The man who still thinks he’s the best corner in the league locked down Minnesota’s No. 1 receiver, holding Greg Jennings to only one reception for four yards, and hauled in one of New England’s four INTs off Vikings’ QB Matt Cassel.
Julian Wilson, CB, Oklahoma (NCAA) — The senior speedster stuck the dagger in Tennessee during the Sooners’ 34-10 rout on Saturday, returning a fourth-quarter interception 100 yards for a touchdown. Wilson also has six tackles against the Volunteers.
Tashaun Gipson, FS, Browns (NFL) — Any defense that neutralizes Drew Brees and the Saints’ dangerous crew of pass-catchers deserves a group game ball. One Cleveland defender who shined a little brighter than the rest in Sunday’s 26-24 win over New Orleans was Gipson, who made eight tackles and returned an interception 62 yards for a touchdown.
Jordan Simone, FS, Arizona State (NCAA) — The “FS” actually stands for “Field Safety” in ASU’s defensive scheme, and at the beginning of this season Simone was as far down as third on the FS depth chart. But the junior transfer from Washington State was in the starting lineup Saturday against Colorado, and finished with a team-high 13 tackles, a forced fumble and an interception in a 38-24 victory for the Sun Devils.
Kyle Fuller, CB, Bears (NFL) — Some are already crediting the rookie first-round draft pick with saving Chicago’s season. Fuller’s two fourth-quarter interceptions during the Bears’ 28-20 comeback win over the 49ers on Sunday helped prevent his team from starting the season 0-2. His first pick off Colin Kaepernick set up Chicago’s go-ahead touchdown, while the second INT set up another TD for Chicago’s offense. Fuller also had seven tackles.
Shaq Thompson, LB, Washington (NCAA) — So technically Thompson is playing linebacker, but he came to UW as one of the nation’s top-ranked high school DBs, and I’m certain the 6-1, 228-pounder will be playing safety at the next level. On Saturday, Thompson showed DB-like ball-hawking ability and speed, returning an interception 36 yards for a touchdown and taking a fumble back 52 yards for another score in the Huskies’ 44-19 win over Illinois.